Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Evelyn Scott, a socialite, was last seen at her home in Bel Air, Los Angeles on May 16, 1955. According to her husband, Leonard Ewing Scott, he had gone out to get her a tube of toothpaste. When he returned, she was gone. Ewing Scott said his wife had a drinking problem, had recently been diagnosed with cancer and planned to go away, alone, to seek treatment. Scott never reported his wife missing.
On March 6, 1956, Evelyn's brother contacted police about the disappearance.
In the investigation that followed, detectives found evidence to suggest that, contrary to what her husband said, Evelyn Scott had never left her home. Buried in the yard, they found her glasses and her dentures. In the incinerator, they found the charred remains of a woman's undergarments.
The $250,000 - equivalent to nearly $2 million today - she had inherited after the deaths of two of her husbands had melted away in the months since she vanished. Examination of the withdrawal forms showed that the signatures were forged.
Leonard Ewing Scott was convicted of her presumed murder after his arrest in April 1957. He maintained his innocence. He was released in 1978. In 1987 Ewing Scott confessed to a reporter that he had killed Evelyn and buried her in the desert as he drove toward Las Vegas.
Evelyn's body has never been recovered.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Los Angeles Police Department
213- 486- 6826
NY Daily News